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Mathew Abraham

Dr. Mathew Abraham

Dr. Mathew Abraham is the assistant director of TCI. He is responsible for coordinating research and offering strategic guidance and support for project implementation. Previously, Mathew joined TCI as a postdoctoral associate in August 2015, after completing his PhD from the Department of International Economics and Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Prior…
anaka aiyar

Dr. Anaka Aiyar

Anaka Aiyar was a postdoctoral associate at TCI until 2020, when she joined the University of Nevada, Reno, as an assistant professor of economics. At TCI, her research explored the mechanisms that explain why states in India have had disparate experiences in economic development over the last few decades. Anaka obtained her PhD in economics…

Dr. Amit Anshumali

Amit Anshumali graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in development sociology. He has since joined the University of Chicago as the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology in the Division of Social Sciences. While at Cornell, Amit’s work focused on the connections between seasonal labor migration and local economic development in central India, spanning…

Bindvi Arora

Bindvi Arora is a PhD candidate in the field of food science. Her research interests include the development of novel food products and improving existing popular foods that can cater to nutritionally deficient populations through innovations in processing technology and the use of alternate ingredients. Before joining Cornell, Bindvi worked as a scientist at the…
Whitman Barrett

Whitman Barrett

Whitman Barrett is a PhD student in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. His work focuses on the reuse of human excreta in agriculture, with the goal of improving smallholder farmers’ productivity and resilience to climate change. Prior to beginning his graduate studies at Cornell,…

Shivranjani Baruah

Shivranjani Baruah is a PhD student in the field of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology. Her primary research interest lies in exploring the intricacies of plant-pathogen interactions at the molecular level in order to inform decision-making related to crop protection. Shivranjani holds a master’s degree in microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, and a…

Dr. Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar

Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar received his PhD in food science and technology at Cornell University in 2020. He is now a senior research scientist at PepsiCo. His research focused on developing novel iron-rich microalgae composites and exploring their utility as potential fortificants in food commodities to improve iron nutrition. As a TCI scholar, he conducted fieldwork…

Dr. Jocelyn Boiteau

Jocelyn Boiteau is a postdoctoral associate at TCI. She is interested in food systems and how they shape food environments and food security. Jocelyn is continuing the research on food loss and waste she began as a TCI scholar. Her current project explores food loss and waste across food groups and stages of structural transformation….
Apurva Borar

Apurva Borar

Apurva Borar is a PhD candidate in the field of applied economics and management. Her research interests lie at the intersection of development economics and gender studies. She is also interested in politics, governance, culture, and identity studies. Prior to joining Cornell, she worked as an assistant professor of economics at Miranda House at the…

Tanuj Chawla

Tanuj Chawla is an associate researcher for TCI in India. He is an interdisciplinary professional with a background in bioinformatics, bio-based economies, life-cycle assessment, and frugal and reverse innovation. He has a master’s degree in bioeconomics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and is an award-winning food system innovator. He has more than five years…